Beaconsfield Drive
Blurton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST3 3JD
01782 882200

Important Update from Mr Brennan – Year 8 Bubble Closure

Posted on: July 7, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been advised that there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 8. Due to the number of confirmed cases in Year 8 and the number of students currently having to isolate, we have taken the decision to close the Year 8 bubble and move to online learning.

All Year 8 students will commence remote learning from tomorrow until Monday 19th July 2021. Any Year 8 student who is currently isolating and their isolation period ends before Monday 19th July 2021 can continue to access their remote learning from home, or once their isolation period has ended, have the option to return to the academy and use the computers in school to access their remote learning. Face-to-face learning for Year 8 will not commence until Monday 19th July 2021.

It is important to remember that students must not return to the academy until their individual isolation period has ended.

We will be issuing a timetable for remote learning. This timetable will be emailed to all Year 8 students this evening and will include live online lessons and Google Classroom activities to cover their isolation period. Please ensure that all Year 8 students check their OSSMA email for their timetable.

Students who have no access to remote learning will be provided with a laptop. If your child has not been provided with a laptop and you require one, please contact us. We will also be providing home-delivered lunch packages to all students who are eligible for free school meals.

We are now approaching the end of these restrictions and guidelines, as you may have seen on the news yesterday. I will be writing to you next week to explain this in more detail. However, we will be continuing with the current guidelines and advice from Public Health England, including insisting that students continue to wear face-coverings in communal areas until the end of the term.

Our academy remains open for students who are not in isolation in all other year groups, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well. The safety of all our students is paramount in everything we do. I can reassure you we are following the guidance from Public Health England to ensure that we are taking all the necessary precautions, including social distancing, face-coverings in communal spaces and increased hygiene and cleaning protocols to help limit any spread of the virus.

It is important to remember that if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must get a test immediately and self-isolate. This means your child must not leave the house during this time and not have contact with anyone outside your household. Your child must not attend school unless they have received a negative test or they are feeling well after their period of self-isolation.

If you would like to see the measures that we are taking in the academy you can do so from our Covid-19 Measures Information video at https://vimeo.com/450729359.

I have again attached the Public Health England guidance separately in the event that your child develops any symptoms. Please stay safe and should you wish to contact me over any concerns please do not hesitate.

 

Yours sincerely

 

N Brennan
Principal


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

  

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/